UAE Parliamentary Division warns of nuclear arms proliferation

GENEVA, 27th October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE Parliamentary Division has warned about the threats of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the world, especially if these weapons fall into the hands of rogue states.

These rogue nations do not respect human rights and interfere in the internal affairs of other states on sectarian and ethnic grounds.

It called on the parliaments, and member states of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), to reduce their budget expenditures on armaments and nuclear weapons development programmes. Instead they should invest these resources to achieve development goals and ensure stability and prosperity.

This was stated during the participation of Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mahrazi, member of the Federal National Council in the meeting of the first standing committee for international peace and security”, which was held in Geneva on the sidelines of the IPU General Assembly 135th session and the 199th Governing Council. The meeting addressed the issue of overall demilitarisation, strengthening of accountability for the private security sector by focussing on private military and security companies.

The UAE Parliamentary Division urged the parliaments to develop regulations and national legislative controls to combat the smuggling of weapons. It also called for developing an action plan to support those affected in the armed conflicts, especially women and children through provision of humanitarian aid.

It stressed the importance of agreeing on regional and international joint working mechanisms to prevent terrorists from exploiting technology and modern communications for their activities.

The UAE Parliamentary Division reiterated that the UAE is committed as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or the NPT, which it had signed in 1995, and other international conventions so as to maintain the regional and international security through preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

It also backed the NPT and called for not excluding any party from the treaty because it could damage the credibility of the international treaty. The UAE Parliamentary Division also called for ridding the Middle East of all nuclear weapons.